Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin has shown “signs of improvement” since he was rushed to the hospital after going into cardiac arrest during a game, the team said Wednesday.
“Damar remains in the UCI in critical condition with signs of improvement noted yesterday and overnight,” the team said in a tweet.
“He is expected to remain in intensive care while his healthcare team continues to monitor and treat him.”
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Doctors at the hospital got “promising readings that they were hoping to see,” ESPN reported, citing Jordon Rooney and the Hamlin family. Rooney reportedly added that there seemed to be “progress”. Hamlin was still in the ICU sedated and considered in critical condition.
Rooney also made it clear to the outlet that Hamlin only needed to be resurrected once: at Paycor Stadium. Dorian Glenn, Hamlin’s uncle, told CNN Tuesday night that Hamlin’s heart needed to be reset a second time.
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The terrifying incident occurred with 5:58 remaining in the first quarter and Cincinnati leading the game, 7-3. The Bengals were on their second drive of the game when quarterback Joe Burrow threw a pass to Tee Higgins. Bills safety Hamlin came up for a tackle to end the play.
Hamlin was on the ground for a while receiving CPR from medical personnel on the field before he was loaded into the ambulance. Hamlin was being rushed to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
The NFL later announced that it had postponed the game between the Bills and the Bengals. There was no schedule to play or make up the game.
The Bills selected Hamlin with the 212th overall pick in the sixth round of the 2021 draft. He played in 14 games last season, mostly on special teams, in his rookie season.
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Hamlin, 24, was playing his 16th game of the season. He had seen more time on the field as he recorded 91 tackles and 1.5 sacks.